Perfect Peace: Shalom, Shalom

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. – Isaiah 26:3

20200729_174053In early August, our family vacationed in Wisconsin near Lake Michigan.

We are not the sort of vacationers who like to do things on vacation – instead, we prefer not to do things. We don’t plan much of anything.

We’re so busy throughout the rest of the year, that all we want to do on vacation is come to a screeching halt.

Rest.

Be at peace.

To us, the best sort of vacation is to enjoy one another while experiencing quiet, simple pleasures: riding bikes, taking walks, sitting on the beach, chatting around a fire.

book-2572101_1280And what a blessing to be able to spend time with God without the limitations of time and tasks waiting to be done!

It’s amazing how restorative a vacation like that can be. Coming back from our time together this summer, I felt clear-headed and light-hearted for the first time in months. I could actually claim to have gotten enough sleep for an entire week.

I returned home at complete peace with my life – not my usual state of mind.

Unfortunately, reality dictates that busyness (and stress) resume pretty much as soon as we return home. There’s unpacking, laundry, answering emails, preparing for a new home-school year, writing deadlines…you understand.

And I haven’t quite figured out yet how to hold on to a peaceful spirit in the midst of busy daily life, despite the fact that I’ve been dealing with the same sort of to-do list for years.

But Scripture indicates that we can experience true peace, day-in and day-out, if we keep our thoughts focused on the Lord.

It’s not easy to do, I know – it’s much more natural to focus on all we have to do than on whom we need to be, and particularly on Whom we need to trust and emulate.

While considering all this, I learned something new about today’s Scripture, Isaiah 26:3. Commentator and pastor David Guzik points out that the Hebrew words in that verse for “perfect peace” are shalom, shalom. The repetition of the word indicates its degree of emphasis – not just a pretty good peace, or even a great peace, but an ultimate peace.

Shalom, shalom.

I considered some ways that I can focus on God more throughout my day: post verses in conspicuous places, pray at regular times (instead of just during my devotions), and chat with my family at the end of each day about our God and His blessings.

I wish you all perfect peace!


And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. – Colossians 3:15

How do you achieve peace in a busy and troubled world? What’s your favorite sort of vacation? Do you have any favorite Bible verses about peace? I welcome your comments as always.

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15 thoughts on “Perfect Peace: Shalom, Shalom”

  1. We enjoy a vacation much as you have described; a time of being, not doing. I will make an exception if there is a major league baseball park nearby (and if I could get in!)
    The elusive part of the peace you spoke of comes from my/our inability to stay solely focused on God during our busy lives. Knowing what we are missing ought to drive us to seek His peace all the more!
    The Scriptures that come to mind about His peace are: Psalm 46:10 which tells us to be still and know that He is God. He is, we need to slow down to remember that.
    Isaiah 26:3 assures us that God will keep in perfect peace those whose mind is steadfast as we trust Him. Again, our choice: stay buried by the world of things to do or do them as we first put God in His rightful place in our heart and mind.
    There as so many more, I suspect because God knows us and that we need constant reminders of His loving care and presence in our lives.
    Glad you had such a great time away with your family,
    Pastor Chuck

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  2. Lately I have found or maybe I should give the credit where it is due, God revealed to me that the more I pray for others, the better I feel, better my day is, the happier I am. I use to start my day with thanks, then reading my Bible and so on. Recently I bought a journal. A plain lined journal. I wrote down every single person’s name that I could think of. Went through my contacts on my phone. etc. Then started adding people I didn’t “know” but came across. Example a customer service rep that helped me on the phone. The girl at the gas station. Cashiers at the grocery store. I asked for their full names. Surprising how people will give you the information freely. Or maybe a miracle/blessing from God. I add EVERY one to the list. The first thing I do is pray for all of them, right down the list. It has made my days so much better. A peace comes over me as soon as I begin.

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    1. I love your unique approach to a prayer journal! I heard recently from a pastor I really love, that serving and praying for others is a wonderful way to gain peace and perspective. I will certainly broaden my prayers to include those I don’t know personally, but who all need the Lord.

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  3. “Shalom, shalom” sounds like it would be a really good aid in meditation. Another is a quote I read from Henri de Lubac in one of his spiritual works: “Everything is grace.” His point is that our difficult moments are sent our way so that faith can be tested and made stronger, and lessons can be learned. It’s a reminder that God is with us always, and that alone can take the edge off even the darkest of situations.

    Favorite vacation spot? Give me the Gulf of Mexico any time. Put me on the sand facing the horizon, give me a cookie, pat me on the head, and I’m fine 🙂

    Nice to read your words again, my friend. You have been missed.

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    1. I love your description of your favorite vacation spot. And the cookie. 🙂 I might take an iced coffee along with that.
      Thank you for the kind words as well – your encouragement means a great deal! I have missed blogging but found it necessary to take a brief hiatus as the summer concluded, before school began. It seemed we had so much to do, and in such a short amount of time! But I hope to blog at least once or twice each week now that we are in a regular schedule again.

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    1. Yes, that has really helped me, just doing that in the past couple of days. It’s a quick change in perspective and a lift to my spirits when working hard around the house, writing, etc., to see those Scriptures and be reminded of my blessings, and how my spirit should be peaceful and joyful.

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